At the end of August 2014, TSPCA received a report of a dog being shot with a bow and arrow at the Hsiao-Nan camping area in Nantou. This type of behavior is a clear violation of Taiwan’s Animal Protection Act therefore we immediately reported it to the Nantou County Government. Unfortunately, it was too dark and the video evidence did not clearly record the event.
Disease Control Center visited the site, but did not find the dog from the video. The owner of the campsite said that on the night in question, and after hearing a loud noise, he immediately got on his bike and drove around to see what the problem was, but so far no one has seen an injured dog. The local government bureau investigated and traced the license plates of five cars that were nearby. Four of the people questioned claimed that they were not there on the night in question, and the fifth person said that there were a lot of people on the shooting range that night. During the target practise, a dog ran onto the range so out of concern for the dog’s safety, someone chased away, but no one shot the dog with an arrow.
TSPCA inspectors said that owing to the lack of further evidence, it will be extremely difficult to determine if the dog was injured and where the dog could be now. An agent from the Animal Disease Control Center has already asked the owner of the campsite to be more attentive. If residents of this area find a dog with an injury, they should immediately report it to the Animal Disease Control Center so more evidence can be collected.
TSPCA appeals to any members of the public who were at the Hsiao-Nan camping area in Nantou County and took part in the shooting activity on August 30, and witnessed this case (or if you have clear video), please contact us immediately. (contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; please title your e-mail: “case of Nantou Hsiao-Nan area”)
Legal witness 。Animal Protection Act
Any of the following cases may lead to a fine of NT$ 100,000 to NT$ 500,000 being imposed, while names / photos could be published:
- According to Article 5, clause 2, or Article 6: the intentional abuse or harming of an animal that results in severe bodily damage or the dysfunction of major organs or the death of the animal.
- According to Article 12, Clause 2, or Clause 3, Item 1: the killing of dogs, cats, or animals that the government has prohibited. Anyone involved in one of the above violations, and who is found guilty of committing a further violation within two years, could be fined between NT$ 200,000 and NT$ 1,000,000.If anyone violates point 1 again within 5 years, he/she may be sentenced to one year in prison or given detention, possibly along with a fine below NT$ 1,000,000.